Is it Best to Repair or Replace a Roof?

You might have noticed signs of wear and tear on your roof, such as cracked or missing tiles, damage to the chimney stack, light shafts in the attic, or damp stains on the ceiling. Age and harsh weather conditions eventually take their toll on every roof.  Here’s how to decide if you should have it repaired or replaced.

How old is your roof?

One of the first things to consider is the age of the roof.  The average life span of a roof is 20 to 25 years, but it depends what type of materials it is made from.  If you are unsure, inspect it yourself or arrange for a local roofing contractor to have a look.  Signs of an old roof include sagging, missing tiles, and layers of moss.

Is the damage confined to one or two areas?

If the roof has been damaged by a tree, storm debris, or is leaking from the chimney area, but the rest looks to be in good shape, then a repair is probably the best option.  If the chimney stack is damaged, and the flue isn’t in use, then you could consider having it removed completely.

How long do you plan to stay in your home?

If you are planning to stay for the next 20 years in your home, then it would be a good investment to replace an aging roof.  If not, and any obvious damage can be repaired, then it may not be worth the expense. However, the improved appearance to your property with a brand-new roof could boost its market value and ‘kerb appeal’.

What is your budget?

It will usually cost more to have the whole roof replaced than to repair it.  A good roofing contractor will have the experience and knowledge to tell you if more life can be added to your roof through repairs.  It is worth doing some research to find a local reliable roofing professional who can carry out an inspection.